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The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special

8 p.m., BBC One

New host Sara Pascoe brings us healthy content with a couture extravaganza. Anneka Rice, Rev Kate Bottley, Antony Cotton, and Kiell Smith-Bynoe are tasked with turning a set of charity shops into fancy dress outfits. A New Years special follows next Thursday. TIME

Hairy bikers go north for Christmas

8 p.m., BBC Two

A series fueled by the warmth of host friendliness is well suited to a festive special, as is the show’s focus on independent producers in the north of England. Todmorden pork, artisanal Leeds marshmallows and hot Sheffield sauce all look divine. Jack Seale

Maisie Adam, Jason Manford and Nabil Abdul Rashid. Photograph: BBC / Hat Trick / Ellis O’Brien

Live at the Apollo Christmas Special

10 p.m., BBC Two

Returning after a year-long hiatus when Christmas was canceled, this festive edition of the show sees Jason Manford hosting it. He is joined by Maisie Adam, once named Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and Nabil Abdul Rashid, former UK actor on Got Talent. Alexi Duggins

Madame Tussauds: The Complete Wax

9 p.m., ITV

Even the best digital deepfake can’t hold the candle to good old wax. This documentary goes behind the scenes of Madame Tussauds, 190, to see what goes into making 21st century celebrity look-alikes, including Little Mix, while there is also a visit from a Liverpool talismanic player FC to see his super-sub. Graeme Vertu

First dates at Christmas

9 p.m., Canal 4

It was brutal for many singletons during the pandemic, so Fred Sirieix is ​​back to warm up a few cases. Tonight, 25-year-old Dan is a Santa who, despite his joy every year, struggles to sprinkle magic on his own love life. TIME

Choice of films

Bruce Willis in the original Die Hard.
Bruce Willis in the original Die Hard. Photograph: 20th Century Fox / Allstar

Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988), 10:45 p.m., ITV
Yupi-ki-yay! John McTiernan’s action flick shows how to reunite a family over Christmas – all you have to do is take down some heavily armed bank robbers. As NYPD cop John McClane, Bruce Willis went from being a TV comedian to being a true movie star in one multi-story jump. McClane’s attempt to reconcile with his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) in an LA skyscraper is interrupted by Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber who takes the building hostage. Thankfully, Stallone and Schwarzenegger turned down the role, as Willis’ regular Joe Shtick fits the story perfectly. Simon wardell

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